Court told woman stole clothes to pay rent after benefits cut

Reposted from Ludlow Tenbury & Wells advertiser

… and fining this woman is going to help who exactly!!!

A Kidderminster woman cliamed she stole to pay her rent after her benefits were sanctioned because she failed to turn up for a job center appointment

A Kidderminster woman cliamed she stole to pay her rent after her benefits were sanctioned because she failed to turn up for a job center appointment

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11 Responses to Court told woman stole clothes to pay rent after benefits cut

  1. jay says:

    How does this woman pay these charges if she has no income? What happens next?

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  2. jaynel62 says:

    I totally agree with you – what is the point of fining people in this and other similar positions? It merely increases the problems caused by this Govt’s vile policies x

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  3. Move Those Mountains! says:

    These sanctions are totally ridiculous! IF there has to be a sanction – and it’s a big IF – make it just for the one day. All they do is push people further into difficulties.

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  4. Slutocrat says:

    They fined her? You’d laugh it it wasn’t so tragic. This is just like Victorian times when people were jailed for stealing bread. Reminds me of the three men charged for “stealing” food from a bin. And now these people have criminal records which is going to make it even harder for them to find work again and more likely they’ll remain in poverty and get sanctioned again, as they’ll be in receipt of benefits for longer. This system is broken.

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    • Crimsonfox says:

      try being stuck in that sh1t part of the system then being called a lazy freeloader when uve spent over 2 years going to the job center to NOT RECEAVE ANY HELP finding work to eventualy get a few interviews and get told im not good enuf for this job then walk out the shop and see people doing tehre jobs badly…. i actualy want to kill myself and many of my friend in the same situation allready have

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      • Well whatever you do Crimsonfox DO NOT killl yourself! That is exactly what this government want you to do. So stick around and be a thorn in their side. If they do anything you don’t agree with, put a complaint in, appeal, contact your MP. Don’t let them make you feel a lesser person because you’re claiming benefits. We are ALL, one serious illness, accident or redundancy away from having to make a claim. X

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  5. sasson1 says:

    Just like fining jobseekers for not paying their council tax. I heard a couple of years back that some magistrates are recognising that it’s pretty pointless to fine people who obviously can’t pay, so the magistrates were wiping the extra charges, and asked the defendant to set up a payment plan.

    If you’re on a 3 month sanction for example, you do have absolutely no money unless you can claim for ‘hardship payments’, which you can’t always do; similarly if you’re in a Mandatory Reconsideration period. Of course, these payment plans for CT don’t work in those circumstances, so some magistrates have had no choice but to imprisoned non payers.

    It’s a bit like the Victorian ‘debtors prison’ system, where now you can actually be jailed just for being poor. And if they force people who opted out of the tv license system (because they couldn’t afford it), to then have to pay a household levy whether or not they use media, this will be another bill that you can be imprisoned for just for being poor.

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